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In recognition of our responsibilities for preserving and enhancing the special architectural and historic character of the district, we have designated a number of towns and villages as conservation areas and the district has 47 conservation areas in total.
Within a conservation area special planning controls exist to help us and owners preserve and enhance the distinctive character of the area. You can find out more in our leaflet Living in a conservation area 2013 (PDF File, 698kb)
When is planning permission in conservation areas required?
Certain minor alterations and small extensions to dwellings can be undertaken without planning permission but planning rules are more strict in conservation areas than elsewhere.
If you are considering works in a conservation area please visit our information on Pre-application advice to establish whether planning permission is required.
Assessing planning applications in conservation areas
When considering a planning application for development in a conservation area, we have a responsibility to pay special attention to preserving or enhancing the character and appearance of the area. Where new development is permitted particular attention will be paid to its siting, scale, materials and detailing. Applications must be designed with great sympathy for the area, relating well to the surrounding buildings, spaces and trees and must use traditional materials.
Separate special controls apply in the case of listed buildings.
We have produced several design guides which might be of help to anyone considering alterations to a listed or historic building.
Demolition in conservation areas
You will need planning permission for relevant demolition in a conservation area to do the following:
• Demolish a building with a volume of more than 115 cubic metres. There are a few exceptions - you can get further information from us.
• To demolish a gate, fence, wall or railing over 1 metre high next to a highway (including a public footpath or bridleway) or public open space; or over 2 metres high elsewhere.
Even if your proposals do not include the work mentioned above ou are advised to contact us to determine whether planning permission is required.
Check to see if your proposed work is in a conservation area.
Works to trees in conservation areas
Trees often make a major contribution to the character of conservation areas and safeguarding them is one of the most important aspects of conservation area control. We must must be given six weeks written notice for work involving pruning or felling trees.
Please visit our trees pages for further information.
Conservation area appraisals
We are undertaking a programme of reviewing the special character and appearance of conservation areas within the district. The conservation area appraisals draw attention to the special qualities that make a place a conservation area and look at the existing boundary and consider any amendments. They are also used as a framework against which decisions about future development can be made.
The district contains a wealth of archaeological sites illustrating its strategic importance during Roman and Medieval periods through to the Civil War and beyond.
Newark in particular is one of the most archaeologically sensitive towns in the East Midlands.
The District has several Scheduled Ancient Monuments and one Registered Battle field at East Stoke.
The historic landscape is essentially the modern environment we see around us today. The decisions and actions of our ancestors have shaped and changed the landscape so much that we owe the character of our modern landscape as much to them as we do to ourselves.
Landscape forms an integral part of the historic environment, along with archaeological and historic sites, monuments and historic buildings. Landscape can be a key part of the special interest of conservation areas
Characterisation of our landscape provides a very useful tool in guiding future decisions concerning the management of the countryside and heritage of our district.
The historic landscape of Nottinghamshire as a whole has been the subject of a Landscape Characterisation Project by Nottinghamshire County Council and the Nottinghamshire Historic Landscape Character Map can be downloaded from their website.
Heritage and buildings at risk
Periodically the condition of the district’s listed buildings and structural scheduled ancient monuments will be surveyed and collated in the Heritage at Risk Register.
The register is compiled by English Heritage and provides a national list of the condition of England’s designated heritage assets, in order to establish their condition and identify the threats which render them at risk. It brings together information on Grade I and II* listed buildings and structural scheduled monuments.
Nottinghamshire County Council maintains information regarding buildings at risk in Nottinghamshire. They list all listed buildings, including Grade II listed buildings in a searchable database is available from their website.
A national publication on buildings at risk is also published by Save Britain's Heritage.
From time to time people contact us to enquire about a specific building on the Buildings at Risk Register. Please note that we are unable to give out owner’s details but will pass on correspondence where possible.
Please e-mail our conservation team to discuss any issues relating to buildings at risk.
Biodiversity and nature conservation
The district has its own very unique biodiversity. From the ancient oaks of Sherwood Forest to the spectacle of flocks of thousands of golden plover wintering on the wet grasslands of the Trent Valley, Newark and Sherwood's natural inheritance is one of its more precious and valued assets.
Why not visit one of the district's many Nature reserves